Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Krazy Kool

Krazy Kat (a club in Washington DC) circa 1920s
More info here
An unrelated, but equally awesome photo:

Apparently they are hopefulls in a "bathing costume contest"

Friday, May 22, 2009

Patchwork post

I have a serious crush on cut-away illustrations of houses (or in this case cloud-ships, whale-submarines, dinosaur homes and rockets). The style of this artist/illustrator
Scott C really appeals to me too.

A lexicographer talking about dictionaries (from those famous TED talks). I love that she describes the way the dictionary is used (online), as steampunk (she puts it something like: Victorian technology with a {search} engine slapped on).

A nice article by Jeanette Winterson about gardening.

Illustration by Freya, discovered here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pretty in Pink

So, in the middle of March, I am usually pretty sick of Montréal. I really end up hating winter, and any dorky feelings of magical enchantment that might have welled up for those first snowfalls back in November/December are long gone. However.

Then there is SPRING!

Spring seems to happen overnight here. It was a while ago, maybe 2-3 weeks ago, but it did happen over one weekend. On Friday the trees were bare, almost autumnally so, and by Monday everything was green and starting to bloom. All it takes is one spike in temperature and the plants wake up in spectacular unsion.

All around my place there are lilacs in full flower (gorgeous PURPLE!!) and they smell great. Just across the street from where I work there is a cute little back walkway (cobblestone even) and it is in the shaddow of a pretty church courtyard, and lined with lovely old stone buildings. On my lunch break I like to stroll along it (it isn't very long... and there are usually people from nearby offices standing around there smoking... but still), and this week I remembered to bring my camera.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hello, I have a blog

I kind of forgot.

But now it's spring, and I'm feeling inspired again.

So, I thought I would share a lucky find from some second-hand book shop purchases a little while ago. Masquerade by Kit Williams (who is also known for making curious clocks). I got it for the gorgeous art work, but I was delighted to discover that it was also involved in a secret treasure hunt and.... a scandal!

Besides... who wouldn't want to read a storybook written by this scruffy gentleman:

A few images from the book (taken from this lovely spot):

The book was meant to be a riddle, and if you could figure out the clues it would lead to buried treasure. The treasure was actually a beautiful filagree piece of jewelry made by the author, and hidden somewhere in England. And therein lies the scandal!